[xmonad] knowing what is on each workspace and/or knowing which workspace I am looking at

Lara Michaels laramichaels1978 at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 18 10:23:28 EDT 2010

Hi Henrique,

A graphical pager would also be a great way to solve both my problems. I am on Ubuntu and tried enabling the one that comes with the Gnome panel ("Workspace switcher"), but though everything works I can only see the shaded contours of the windows on the different workspaces... Is there a way to have it show either an icon or a miniaturized "preview" of what each window is displaying?

Unfortunately "pager" is one of the most difficult words to google for, since it assumes that I mean "page". : )

Many thanks!

--- On Sat, 7/17/10, Henrique G. Abreu <hgabreu at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Henrique G. Abreu <hgabreu at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [xmonad] knowing what is on each workspace and/or knowing which  workspace I am looking at
To: "Lara Michaels" <laramichaels1978 at yahoo.com>
Cc: xmonad at haskell.org
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 10:47 PM

It seems like you need a "bar" that shows you these info.Something like xmobar, dzen, plus a logHook or any graphical pager with EwmhDesktops.Some pagers shows windows icons at the workspaces, others a "preview" of the layout, etc.

I've heard there's some problem though in setting them to understand xmonad multiple monitors.
Henrique G. Abreu

On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 16:34, Lara Michaels <laramichaels1978 at yahoo.com> wrote:

Dear all,

I never managed to have a way of knowing either

1- on which workspace a particular program is open


2- which workspace is being displayed on each of my monitors (eg, "on this monitor you are looking at workspace 1")

Is there a way to get either of these behaviors? Without this information, I do spend some serious time zapping across workspaces to find the window I need.

I thought that an easy way to address (2) would be to use an OSD (like libnotify) to pop up a notification providing the workspace name/number when the user switches workspaces. Is there a "hook" in xmonad to which I could link a command "run notification saying this is workspace X"?

Many thanks for any help



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